They are very happy to lie about who they are and what they want to get it. Others don’t care who they have sex with but think young people are easier to trick into doing things.
Micaela Ortega was 12 years old when she went to meet her new Facebook friend, also 12. She actually met Jonathan Luna, who was 26 years old. They finish dinner, go to their rooms, close the door, get on their computer, their cell phones, and get into a bar, into a club.
When they finally caught him, he confessed that he killed the girl because she refused to have sex with him. Think for one second about what I've just said: they're in a place full of strangers in an uninhibited environment. When we're alone in our bedroom and we go online, we're not really alone.
He had four Facebook profiles and 1,700 women on his contact list; 90 percent of them were under 13 years old. There are at least two reasons why we're not taking care of this, or at least not in the right way.
These are two different cases of "grooming": an adult contacts a kid through the internet, and through manipulation or lying, leads that kid into sexual territory — from talking about sex to sharing private photos, recording the kid using a webcam or arranging an in-person meeting. First, we're sure that everything that happens online is "virtual." In fact, we call it "the virtual world." If you look it up in the dictionary, something virtual is something that seems to exist but is not real. Degenerate, perverted adults use the internet to abuse boys and girls and take advantage of, among other things, the fact that the kids and their parents think that what happens online doesn't actually happen.
They comment on your pictures and post some funny You Tube clips. Some people who contact you genuinely just want to chat or be friends.
How long before they turn from an online ‘friend’ into a real friend?
Asked about the issue, a Facebook representative would say only, "We are gratified that more than 1 billion people, including many young people, are using Facebook, to connect and share." There's no hard-and-fast data that quantifies Facebook's teen problem.
But we know -- from observing teens, talking to parents and analysts, and from a few company statements -- that age doesn't become Facebook with this group.
In recent weeks, Facebook has told us on two occasions about its teen-appeal problem.
When it filed its annual report, it warned investors for the first time that younger users are turning to other services, particularly Instagram, as a What we do know is that Instagram is already a very popular service that continues to grow rapidly, and we believe, based on the information that we have, that it's quite popular among these kinds of users that you're asking about, the younger generation.
To disable this battery-robbing preset on Facebook's app for i Pad, i Phone, and i Pod touch, first go to your Facebook app, hit the More tab, select Settings, then Account Settings, and then Videos and Photos.